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Posted by on Dec 6, 2007 in Tomfoolery, West Virginia, What the..? | 1 comment

Checking in with good ‘ol West Virginia…

Blasting Cap Explodes in Man’s Mouth at Party

[Associated Press, Kincaid, W. VA]

A man at a party popped a blasting cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off his lips, teeth and tongue, state police said Wednesday. Jerry Stromyer, 24, of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during a party late Tuesday night, said Cpl. M.D. Payne. “Another man had it in an aquarium, hooked to a battery, and was trying to explode it, Payne said: “It wouldn’t go off” and this guy said, “‘I’ll show you how to set it off.”

This story is a few years old, and a true WV classic. Thanks, Mountain State, for keeping us entertained.

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2007 in Tomfoolery, West Virginia | 0 comments

This just in from West Virginia…

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our friends in the Mountain State.

From Yahoo News:

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A to-go order at a popular Huntington restaurant included more than just spaghetti sauce. Police say that after a man waiting on his spaghetti sauce to-go order snatched cash from the register at Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House Tuesday night, the restaurant’s employees sprang into action.

Waitresses, cooks and managers and at least one customer piled on top of the suspect near the front sidewalk and waited for police to arrive.

Huntington Police Lt. B.J. Wamsley says the group did a good job of holding down the 6-foot-2, 200-pound man.

The suspect, 32-year-old Jackie L. Rakes, was arrested and charged with grand larceny. He was being held Wednesday in the Western Regional Jail and couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2007 in Tomfoolery, West Virginia | 0 comments

To-ga! To-ga!

West Virginia University has regained a dubious honor. It’s ranked No. 1 on The Princeton’s Review’s annual list of the top 20 party schools.  Not since 1997 have the Mountaineers taken the top spot; last year, WVU was No. 3.  School administrators said they are disappointed and have been trying to curb underage drinking and rowdy behavior.  But some students at WVU are proud. As one puts it, “No matter what kind of party you want it’s here — bars, fraternities, house parties.  “The University of Mississippi claimed the No. 2 spot, followed by the UT-Austin, the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.  At the other end of the spectrum is Brigham Young University, claiming the top spot in the “Stone Cold Sober” category for the 10th straight year.

Top 20 Party Schools

1. West Virginia University
2. University of Mississippi
3. University of Texas, Austin
4. University of Florida
5. University of Georgia
6. Penn State University
7. University of New Hampshire
8. Indiana University, Bloomington
9. Ohio University, Athens
10. University of California, Santa Barbara
11. Randolph-Macon College, Va.
12. University of Iowa
13. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
14. University of Maryland, College Park
15. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
16. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
17. Arizona State University
18. Florida State University
19. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
20. State University of New York, Albany

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2007 in Tomfoolery, West Virginia | 0 comments

Georgia, West Virginia, whatever…

– Danny Fendley started more than just his lawn mower when he tugged at its pull chord – he started a fire that destroyed his home.

The mower exploded Tuesday in hot, parched conditions Fendley was trying to start the mower in the garage of his two-story brick home in this Atlanta suburb when the machine burst into flames. Before he could extinguish the fire, it had spread through the garage.

Then his wife tried to toss a can of gasoline out a window as the blaze spread, but she missed, spreading the fuel “everywhere,” Fendley said.

The flames engulfed the house in less than a minute. The couple escaped without serious injury.

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